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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Oct 18, 2022

Go Live Date: Tues, 18 October 2022 

Episode 99: How to Adopt the Habit Mechanic Mindset with Dr. Jon Finn 

Did you know that your brain isn’t fixed and is designed to learn and change all the time? It is, however, easier for us to change our brains in negative and unhelpful ways that stop us from progressing to bigger and more meaningful goals. It’s therefore essential for us to learn more about our brain, to manage it and build better self and leadership habits.  

In this Episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Dr. Jon Finn, the founder of Tougher Minds®, Change Expert, The Habit Mechanic Author, Forbes contributor, Change Management Consultant, and Leadership Coach. He has worked in Performance Psychology, Resilience and Leadership Science for over 20 years. Tougher Minds®, uses cutting-edge insights from psychology, behavioral science, neuroscience, and world champions to help organizations develop “Habit Mechanics” and “Chief Habit Mechanics”—resilient people, outstanding Leaders, and world-class teams. 

Listen in to learn the importance of adopting the “Habit Mechanic” mindset, if you want to be at your best in the post-covid world. You will also learn how to cultivate a powerful team that prioritizes communication and collaboration by having a positive foundation. 


 This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.  

Key Takeaways: 

  • How the process of neuroplasticity allows us to learn and change all the time.  
  • How to understand why stress happens and build better stress management habits.  
  • How to build the foundation of a learning culture, where communication and collaboration are good.  
  • How to conduct an intelligent, self-watching on yourself, and how you approach your team.  
  • How to be aware of your thoughts to better manage them and build a healthier workforce.  

Episode timeline:  

  • [1:13] Intro 
  • [4:47] Dr. Jon on why he wrote his book “The Habit Mechanic”, and the impact it’s having on people.  
  • [8:00] How Tougher Minds® equips ambitious Individuals, Leaders and Organizations, with new essential skills, for success in the post-covid world.  
  • [10:47] The process of neuroplasticity and the challenge we face by making unhelpful changes.  
  • [14:45] The three core areas that our dominant limbic region is interested in.  
  • [21:40] Understanding how stress happens, how to build better habits, plus the nine action factors that drive what we do.  
  • [27:40] The emotional responses we get from both positive and negative situations.  
  • [30:22] How to communicate in a way that gives you a better chance of getting people to do what’s most helpful for the organization.  
  • [36:03] How to build the habit mechanic tools of self-watching and planning, to become a better Leader.  
  • [43:05] Why you need to adopt the “The Habit Mechanic” mindset if you want to be your best.  
  • [46:05] The four areas to assess and work on to develop better habits as a Leader.  
  • [54:48] The importance of good sleep, diet and exercise for teams, to show up fully at the workplace.  
  • [1:04:45] How to make life easier, by learning more about our brain and how to manage it better.  


  • “Stress occurs when. what you expect to happen, doesn’t happen.”- Dr. Jon Finn [22:05] 
  • “Stress is a natural response, but if we understand why it happens and the actual tangible neurobiological processes that unfold from it, we can start to manage it and build better stress management habits.”- Dr. Jon Finn [23:06] 
  • “The heartbeat of a powerful team is communication and collaboration, and it’s not going to be good if people’s brains are not working properly.”- Dr. Jon Finn [32:33] 
  • “You’re one person and the way you deal with yourself and your environment at home will have an impact on how you show up at work and vice versa.”- Cathleen Merkel [54:05] 


Find | Dr. Jon Finn 

Business Website:  

On LinkedIn:  

Book: The Habit Mechanic,aps,70&sr=8-12&geniuslink=true   

Bio: Dr. Jon Finn founded the award-winning Tougher Minds® consultancy and has three psychology-related degrees, including a PhD. He has worked in performance psychology, resilience, and Leadership science for over 20 years. Tougher Minds®, uses cutting-edge insights from psychology, behavioral science, neuroscience, and world champions to help organizations develop “Habit Mechanics” and “Chief Habit Mechanics”—resilient people, outstanding Leaders, and world-class teams. 

Having trained and coached over 10,000 people, Dr. Finn, and his colleagues, work with global businesses, high-growth startups, individuals, elite athletes, coaches and teams, leading educational institutes, families, the UK government, and think tanks. 


Find | Cathleen Merkel 


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel 

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching 

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel 


About Cathleen Merkel:   

As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving,  
worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!  

Cathleen focuses on women who have lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a ‘hamster wheel’, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around, so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.   

With over 15 years of Leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a Female Leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various Leadership Development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.  

Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ – was Cathleen able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet! 


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